Stories by Paul Krill

BEA, Togethersoft partner for Java Web services

In an alliance that analysts say will make it easier to utilize BEA Systems Inc.'s interactive development environment for Java Web services, BEA and TogetherSoft Corp. on Tuesday plan to announce availability of Together ControlCenter Accelerator Plug-in for BEA WebLogic Workshop.

Micro Focus extends Web services to mainframes

Micro Focus International Ltd. on Monday will unveil a version of its EnterpriseLink software that connects business partners to data on legacy IBM S/390 mainframes and AS/400 systems via Web services.

Appfluent launches apps performance booster

Appfluent Technology Inc. this week shipped Appfluent Accelerator, an applications performance system for database-driven enterprise applications.

HP ramping up for Linux support

Recognizing the rising popularity of Linux and the business opportunities it presents, Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to train 5,000 current support staff in the particulars of the open-source platform, an HP official said at the HP World 2002 Conference & Expo on Thursday.

HP joins Eclipse board

Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday announced it has been selected as a board member on the Eclipse open-source consortium, a group seeking to develop interoperable technology to be used in a universal platform for tools integration.

HP raises services stakes

Hewlett-Packard Co. is looking to leverage its services organization to help enterprises reduce the costs and complexity of IT infrastructures.

IBM ramps Informix integration plans

IBM Corp has revealed plans to move more of its Informix-bred database technologies to Big Blue's own DB2 data management platform.

IBM opens e-business prototyping center

IBM on Monday unveiled an IBM Design Center for e-business infrastructure, a 3,000-square-foot, US$2 million facility for IBM technical experts to host workshops for customers and collaborate with them to design and prototype e-business systems.

Macromedia extending Flash to Java, .Net app servers

Macromedia on Monday will extend Macromedia Flash Remoting MX to .Net and Java application servers, enabling Internet application development for these platforms based on Macromedia's technology.

Oracle to boost app server

Oracle in early 2003 plans to release a new version of the Oracle application sever that will feature enhancements such as a certificate authority to boost the use of the product for e-business transactions. Oracle also may have something up its sleeve similar to Hewlett-Packard Co.'s bundling of the BEA Systems Inc. application server with HP-UX servers, according to an Oracle official.

MySQL adding transaction support to database

MySQL AB, maker of the identically named open-source database, is adding transactional support to its database, company officials said.

IBM, Microsoft reject MySQL

As interest in open-source databases builds, data management veterans IBM and Microsoft argue that alternative open-source databases such as MySQL lack the strength and functionality for enterprise deployment.

Next-Gen Web Services: Asynchronous services preached

Asynchronous Web services, which would support extended transactions that take place over days or months, is a critical need for the success of Web services, said an official of Web services software company Sonic Software at the InfoWorld Next-Generation Web Services II: The Applications conference here Thursday.

Sun official urges convergence on Web services

Competing proposals on multiple Web services choreography specifications should be deliberated on by an industry standards organization, not by individual vendors each pursuing their own path, a Sun Microsystems Inc. official said Wednesday at the SunNetwork 2002 conference here.

Borland eyes WebGain users

Seeing an opportunity in the recent demise of tools vendor WebGain Inc., Borland Software Corp. on Tuesday plans to announce an effort to convert VisualCafé and WebGain Studio tools users over to Borland's own JBuilder Java tool.